Increasingly, studies document that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming (LGB/TGNC) youth are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system, but their experiences are often rendered invisible because most juvenile justice systems do not collect data on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.Angela Irvine and Aisha Canfield, “Reflections on New National Data on LGBQ/GNCT Youth in the Justice System,” LGBTQ Policy Journal at the Harvard Kennedy School 7, no. 1 (2016-17). Also see Lindsay Rosenthal, Girls Matter: Centering Gender in Status Offense Reform Efforts (New York: Vera Institute of Justice, 2018), no. 3.
In 2018, Ceres Policy Research, in partnership with Shannan Wilber from the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Malachi Larrabee-Garza and Aisha Canfield-Allen from On Common Ground Consulting LLC, took a step forward in research on the experiences of LGB/TGNC young people by launching the National SOGIE Data Collection Initiative, which stands for “sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.”Ceres Policy Research, “Research.”“Research”; and Ceres Policy Research, “SOGIE Data Collection Initiative: Request for Applications.”“Trump Agency Makes Tough-on-Crime Changes to Juvenile Justice Website,” October 4, 2018, HuffPost; and Eli Hager, “This Agency Tried to Fix the Race Gap in Juvenile Justice. Then Came Trump,” The Marshall Project, September 19, 2018.